Fridays Added to our Open Hours!

Written By: kimberly Published: Apr 2nd, 2012

We are delighted to report that starting this Friday the 30th, members of our captivating librarian staff will be here to serve you each Friday between the hours of 2-7PM!

Again, these days you will find our library at 1299 Cambridge Street, in the back of Lorem Ipsum Books in Inman Square in Cambridge.  Our librarians staff the space Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from
Come on by and check us out!  Check some zines out! And check out the rad used bookstore in which we are now housed.


Written By: Betty Slutsky Published: Mar 25th, 2012

Did you know that one of your friendly Papercut librarians is an archivist in training? She was invited to talk at New England Archivists’ DIY-themed conference in Connecticut yesterday on a panel about Building Community Archives with Volunteers. For indeed, Papercut has always been a volunteer endeavor, and in May we will mark our seventh anniversary as such. At a packed session, also featuring representatives from Boston’s Occupy Library and Keene State’s Modern Poetry Archive, this Papercutie introduced a room bursting with archives professionals to the way we do things at Papercut, bringing along and circulating through the room for perusal over a dozen zines in the event that attendees had never encountered any (the zines that took the longest to come back: DIY Berlin: Be Your Own Damn Tour Guide, feminist bike zine Bay State Badass, There Has Been No Cover Up, exposing and fighting rape culture at Cornell University, and the Relationship Playbook from Pittsburgh). Attendees loved the zines and were fascinated and enraptured by the presentation.

Meanwhile, elsewhere at the conference, this Papercutie picked up a bottle of deacidification spray from the Preservation Technologies table, an operation run outside Pittsburgh. Most of the zines in our 14,000-item strong collection, while delightful, were generally not made for endurance. Though the cheapness of zines is generally listed among the virtues of the medium, the materials upon which most were made mean that as years and decades go by, the acid content of the paper will eventually cause the materials to devour themselves. No materials in our collections evince this more clearly than our newsprint items, plenty of which date back to the 1970s, and some from earlier. Before the bottle of deacidification spray ran out, our heroine managed to coat four copies of HOMOCORE (queer punks) from the late 80s and early 90s, as well as two anarchist-feminist publications from 1978, one produced in London and the other in JP.

True story.

So come on by! We’re here Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays 2-7 and if you ask very nicely and promise to be careful, you can examine the old things we keep hidden.

Queer and Trans Zine Exhibition

Written By: kimberly Published: Feb 20th, 2012

We will be displaying some of our favorite queer and trans zines at PCZL until April 1st! Come check out what we have in store, and don’t forget to visit our friends over at the Queer Zine Archive Project.

Papercut Visits Gately Youth Center

Written By: drawmedy Published: Feb 7th, 2012

Papercut was happy to be invited to Gately Youth Center in North Cambridge to talk about zine making with young people in their girls’ zine project.  This awesome group has been working on zine content ever since seeing the work of a local zinester several months ago; each week the participants brainstorm words related to middle school, pick two words out of a hat, and make pages recording their thoughts, ideas, and experiences.  Papercut librarians Kimberly and Anna brought some examples of different ways to approach zine making with images, words, and book arts.  We are looking forward to cataloging the Gately zine when it is completed!

Over the past year we have enjoyed working with young people and teachers in classrooms and after schools.  Contact us if you are interested in having a zine workshop visit your school or program!

Our benefit show/tour kickoff last Friday!

Written By: kimberly Published: Jan 23rd, 2012

We’d like to give a HUGE thank you to Gil and the rest of the Free Spirit dudes for organizing a great kickoff show for them and Disengage. Kids attending the show brought lots of rad one-page zines (and a few full zines as well) to share — and we raised $350 for Papercut! Other bands that played: Our Side, Bloodkrow Butcher, Pegasus and Step Forward — thanks guys for playing some awesome sets and bringing everyone out!

Come to the library today to see a few of the zines I picked up Friday, and be sure to check out photos at ( )

1/20 Papercut Benefit at the Democracy Center!

Written By: kimberly Published: Jan 4th, 2012

Gil from Free Spirit put this awesome gig together, and is putting some of the proceeds towards the zine library! Go and bring a stack of zines (that you made) and you get $2 off the door price.

Yearly/Sustaining Memberships!

Written By: kimberly Published: Dec 19th, 2011

So, I mentioned these fancy new cards briefly in my last post, but I want to show off mine! This is the front; on the back there is room for our contact info and yours.

Again, this does not change anybody’s current membership and we will continue to accept one-time-donations for memberships. If you’d like to switch over, though, it is greatly appreciated! We are asking just $12/year ~ basically, a dollar each month for access to nearly 15,000 zines!

Special thanks to Chelsea Dirck for drawing this year’s cards! :)

Sunday December 4: Bay State Badass bike zine release party!

Written By: Betty Slutsky Published: Nov 16th, 2011

Created in the latter days of September 2011, the lady-centric Bay State Badass zine has been inducing lulz, inspiring reflection, and spreading knowledge of bike laws and safety not only throughout the Commonwealth, but the country. Entertaining and educating from Cambridge to Brookline, from Minneapolis to Kentucky, the Badass has received rave reviews from over a hundred friends and randos, and elicited approval from at least two lawyers.

So here comes this event!

3PM, Sunday December 4th at Papercut/Lorem Ipsum
1299 Cambridge Street 02139
If you ride your bike and wear your helmet to the party, you get a Papercut sticker!

In case you didn’t get one at a Critical Mass ride, proffered to you at an intersection, or thrown into your bike basket when you weren’t looking, Team Smash Em Up now invites you in from the cold to experience the Badass.

A zine for every attendee!
Accepting submissions for a second issue.
Also accepting $5± for Papercut.

What people are saying about the Bay State Badass:

I wish I could find a way to secretly pass this out to the teenage girls I teach bike safety to! – JP
Woah, rly?! This is amazing! -Cambridge
This is great! The alternating internet troll and librarian dialects make me swoon. – Ohio
I lolled; I will forgive you for the Katy Perry references. – Pittsburgh
0mg this zine! Lulz. – Ithaca
Immediate laffs – Delaware
This is so great. I want to call her and tell her how great this is, but she’s probably asleep. – reported but not confirmed in Allston
Lulz, amazing! – Everyone

Now Open! Our New Space, Hours and Changes to Memberships

Written By: kimberly Published: Nov 14th, 2011

A little late, but we just wanted to thank everyone for coming out o the opening! We had a great crowd come out to see the new space, as well as some amazing performers including our friends The Low Tide, Hi-5 Magazine, The Inman Review, and new friends We Avalanche and Adrian Emberley. We already feel so welcome here in our new space in Inman Square!

Zine-Making Space

Our new space now features a zine-making area, where folks can utilize our typewriter, old magazines and other craft supplies to create their own DIY publications!


The hours that we are open have stayed the same. Although the bookstore will have their own hours, we do ask hat patrons do not take zines outside of the library without a librarian formally checking it out for you.


New to the library? We are now offering yearly memberships for folks who would like to help us become more sustainable in the long-term. We will also allow folks to sign up as members using the old, one-time-donation system — and this does not affect  the membership that you have now.

We hope to see ya’ll at our new space soon! Be sure to sign up for our listserve to be alerted bout upcoming events and workshops.

Opening Party Announced!

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: Oct 20th, 2011

The Papercut Zine Library has moved into Lorem Ipsum Books! Come join us for a night of celebration; complete with music, readings, friends, and general merriment.

The Lucy Parsons Center is holding their opening earlier in the day, so we’ll also have a group bikeride from JP to Cambridge. Don’t miss out!

RSVP on Facebook!

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